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Emma Nedov: ‘I Decided I’d Go For It One Last Time’
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Australia’s Emma Nedov told IG that longterm training and competitive readiness helped her win the first World Cup medal of her lengthy career, a silver on balance beam, at the early-in-the-season World Cup of Melbourne held Feb. 21-24.

“It actually doesn’t feel that early in the season for me,” said Nedov, who finished fifth, sixth and seventh on balance beam at 2017 World Cup meets in Melbourne, Baku and Doha, respectively. “I’ve been training full time since the World Championships in October, but I think what gave me the edge in this competition is good preparation, and being fit and strong both mentally and physically.”

Nedov said she was also satisfied with her fourth-place finish on floor exercise in Melbourne, especially considering that she injured an Achilles’ tendon two years ago.

“I think it goes without saying that had I not fallen that probably would’ve helped (score higher),” she said. “However, it was my first-ever floor final and the first competition I’ve competed a full routine in, since my Achilles’ (injury) in 2017. So I’m still pretty happy with fourth.”

Nedov’s aspirations to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio were flustered when she and her Australian teammates finished fifth at the Olympic test event in Rio in April 2016, from which the top four teams advanced to the Rio Games. She previously faced a similar close call at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning, where she was first alternate for the balance beam final.

Time off from gymnastics in 2018 helped Nedov rekindle her passion for the sport as well as find a way to explore outside pursuits, she said.

“Last year I took about six months away from the sport and was ready to happily retire,” said Nedov, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Croatia to Australia in 1958. “I felt that it was time to see what life can be without gymnastics as I’m 22 now and needed some money. I was fortunate enough to get offered a job in marketing at the place where I train, and that allowed me to decide what I want. After having the time off, experiencing life without gymnastics and getting a proper job, I decided that I’d give my all and go for it one last time.”

Wisdom and a creative professional venture inspired her refreshed outlook on gymnastics, she said. “Coming back after the time off, I found I had a more mature attitude towards training, as I was genuinely doing it for myself and not just because it was a habit,” said Nedov, who trains under coaches Ma Jun and Zhen Zhang.

“I’ve also started a brand with my teammate Georgia-Rose Brown called Artium Sport, which has given me something else to look forward to in gymnastics as it’s based around artistic sport.” Nedov’s main aim for 2019 is to help Australia win one of nine remaining team berths for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The top three teams from the 2018 Worlds in Doha, and nine additional teams from this fall’s Worlds in Stuttgart, will advance to Tokyo. Australia finished 15th in Doha.

“Definitely, as a country, we’re hoping to qualify a full team to Tokyo this year at World Championships,” she told IG. “To go to the Olympics as a team after missing out in 2016 would be a great achievement and resurgence of Australian women’s artistic gymnastics. As for my personal prospects, my goal is first and foremost to stay fit, healthy and happy in the sport. I’ll be hoping to help Australia qualify for the Olympics, and then to finally make that Olympic team would be my ultimate goal.”

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